Week 2
Philosophy 1301 w/ Colby Glass (look up week's date)

This Week's Topics:

  • Presentation on Cooperative Learning
  • Chapter 1 review list
  • Chapter 1 big question
  • Study Skills
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This Week in Class
"THE AGENDA"

  1. Who's Who -- name tags
  2. Using Computers & the Web --review, answer questions
  3. The Syllabus --Any questions?
  4. Working in Groups --Information and Discussion
  5. Chapter 1 points & terms -- collate, boil down
  6. Key question for ch. 1 -- which is it?
  7. Discuss study skills
  8. What's due next week?

  9. Go home and read, read, read.


ASSIGNMENTS
Due This Week

  1. Read the textbook from the front cover through chapter 1. Read it thoroughly.

  2. Then go back and make a list of the six most important points or terms in the chapter. You will be asked to contribute these points or definitions of terms in class. Don't embarrass yourself by not being ready.

  3. Next, review the chapter and decide what is the single most important question to YOU about the chapter. This can be a question brought up in the chapter, like "Can we really know reality?" or "What is our purpose for existing?" or "Can we prove that God exists?" Or, it can be a question about the ramifications of what is discussed in the chapter, like "Is abortion ethical?" or "Should President Clinton have been impeached?" ...Bring this question to class; you will be asked to tell what you decided it was.

  4. Read Not the News and come to class prepared to discuss the contents with others.

  5. Browse through each of the links below. Come to class prepared to discuss your questions, opinions, objections, and ideas about each issue.

  6. REMEMBER! Check your email and the bulletin board at WebCT OFTEN. You may receive additional clues, reading assignments, and quiz preparations. Don't miss potentially good stuff. Check often.

In the reading, were there any words in the reading which you did not entirely understand. Look them up! There is a glossary in the back of the book. In addition, you should use a good unabridged dictionary. Don't ever assume the meaning of a word from its context. Make sure you are completely clear about what the word means.

In addition, for next week, read lesson plans 1 through 12 (blue boxes) at the following site about the Internet and the Web. We will cover in class the definitions of terms in Lesson 3. Note that material from this site will be included in the first exam next week. The following are some of the questions to which you should know the answers:

What is the Internet?
What are the advantages of the Internet?
How many people are currently on (using) the Internet?
What are some things you can do on the Internet?
What is a network?
What is surfing?
What is e-mail?
What is FTP?
What is a newsgroup?
What is WWW?
What is a Web browser?


ASSIGNMENTS
Due Next Week

  1. Read chapter 2 in the textbook. Read it thoroughly.

  2. Then go back and make a list of the six most important points or terms in the chapter. You will be asked to contribute these points or definitions of terms in class --and WHY you chose those instead of others. Don't embarrass yourself by not being ready.

  3. Next, review the chapter and decide what is THE single most important question to YOU about the chapter. This can be a question brought up in the chapter, like "Can we really know reality?" or "What is our purpose for existing?" or "Can we prove that God exists?" Or, it can be a question about the ramifications of what is discussed in the chapter, like "Is abortion ethical?" or "Should President Clinton have been impeached?" ...Bring this question to class; you will be asked to tell what you decided it was... and why.

  4. You have a list of key points or questions posted on the Internet for Chapter 1. The class created this list last week. You need to go over this list until you are sure you can pick out the correct answer for each item. Remember, this will be a multiple choice test, so all you have to do is recognize the correct answer. There will be no "tricky" questions.

  5. Next, you need to spend some time creating an answer to THE single most important question related to Chapter 1. Since you have a week to work on this answer, and you will be allowed to work from notes during the quiz, this answer will have to be PERFECT. No spelling mistakes. No grammar mistakes. This should be a short paragraph. Very concise, very clear. You should state your answer and then say WHY that answer is the one you chose.... Pretend this is a memo to your boss at work. It HAS to be short. It HAS to be clear. It HAS to give the best possible answer. And it certainly can't contain any embarrassing booboos!!
  6. Read Not the News and come to class prepared to discuss the contents with others.

  7. Browse through each of the links below. Come to class prepared to discuss your questions, opinions, objections, and ideas about each issue.

  8. REMEMBER! Check your email and the bulletin board at WebCT OFTEN. You may receive additional clues, reading assignments, and quiz preparations. Don't miss potentially good stuff. Check often.

In the reading, were there any WORDS or terms which you did not entirely understand? Look them up! There is a glossary in the back of the book. In addition, you should use a good unabridged dictionary. There are also dictionaries on the Web. Don't ever assume the meaning of a word from its context. Make sure you are completely clear about what the word means. This is one of the signs of an "educated" reader.


Web Links Relevant
To This Week's Topics

Federal Resources for Education--Current Events

try this for an interesting collection of news sites

The Palo Alto College LRC Web Site

On Now, Your Guide to Current Events

CINECA: gruppi disponibili nella gerarchia alt.current-events

Current events and the end of time prophecy

Current events discussion area

Recent Hot Topics

Current Events links at your class's homepage

Branches of philosophy


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by Colby Glass